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Donegal House

Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura 8280, New Zealand
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Ranked #29 of 35 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at Donegal House during a recent visit with my Probus Club to the South Island. We were all impressed with the friendliness of the staff, the comfortable beds and the excellent meals werved in the dining room/bar in front of a roaring fire. The Irish music videos and singalongs were also enjoyed by us, which helps early on in... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This establishment could be so much more. The room was clean and the beds were comfy but the exterior and service lacking. The poor lady cooking breakfasts was also having to clear the busy restaurant as well. The outside could do with a jolly good clean-up with old chairs and rubbish in the pond. Signage outside directing visitors to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The accommodation is very good quality in a lovely location. The irish bar, staff, food, ambiance is second to none. You will have a great experience. The owner will come a chat ...it's not annoying. He wants to know where you are from etc...... lovely guy and staff.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Stayed at this "Hotel" on 14/03/2015 as a member of a Group Tour. My wife and I were accommodated in the older section, no wardrobe, shower head height had to be a type of Irish joke, refrigerator unplugged, overbed light not working. Bed was comfortable. Fixed menu for dinner with steak cooked to medium - no exceptions. Medium/well cooked request... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A nice surprise freedom camp for our 1st night in a campervan We were concerned at first when we found it on the Rankers App, but when we arrived, it was indeed free. The Hotel have put aside a gravel area (20 spaces at least?) for complimentary campervan overnight parking. Self-contained only, and no expectation to spend anything in the... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Twin queen size beds (room 40) with beautiful garden view across to the mountains. A short drive to town in a pastoral setting. Heavy on the Irish theme which is OK bearing in mind the owner's history from the old country. Value is good compared to in-town offerings. No wi-fi in room, but free in bar/restaurant area

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Waterford, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

As the name implies the Donegal House Hotel/Motel has a strong Irish theme. It is set in beautiful grounds with a couple of ponds well populated by ducks. Our room was very comfortable and everything worked. The restaurant/bar is well stocked and there is Guinness on tap (though it wouldn't win any prizes in Temple Bar!). The menu is good... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

Called in for dinner - had memories of delicious Blue Cod in the past - however this time Blue Cod tasted like it may have been frozen, roast potatoes were dry ( stuck in your throat) ... hoping it was just an off night! Must say though the female staff were great, a good group venue.

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Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Donegal House is 'Pub Accommodation' where you should be aware that it is noisy through the Night with people coming and going. Other Guests are likely to have spent an evening at the Pub and come back to their rooms, noisily, at all hours of the night. The Gardens and Scenery are wonderful (tho they do need a clean up).... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Behind a rather nondescript room entrance lay an amazing vista, gardens and views of the snow topped mountains. Staff helpful, friendly and efficient. Free WiFi in public areas only. Self laundry and dryer facility (4 dollars a pop) Well equipped bar, food more than adequate Shower temperature control erratic. No air-con All together a super little place - might not... More 

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